ABCDE Skin Health Check

Research says that two of the main reasons that skin of colour patients have higher mortality rates with skin cancers like melanoma is due to a lack of education about sun protection and failure in regular skin health checks.

It is crucial to improve melanoma awareness and promote prevention by reducing exposure to modifiable risk factors such as sun exposure as well as improving early recognition.
— Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 2011
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Looking out for changes in your skin can greatly improve health outcomes because you are able to report to your doctor quickly for treatment. The question is, do you know what you are looking for when checking your skin?

Health professionals advise following the ABCDE Skin Check guide which you can find below. Print it out for your bathroom, stick one on the fridge, put a copy in your purse or on your nightstand. Wherever you keep it, just know that skin health checking is a valuable habit to develop!


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